March 29, 2013
Day two of the 2013 Men’s Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships wrapped up Friday night at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. The Gophers sit in 18th place with 39 team points.
Senior captain Jared Anderson swam in the B final of the 100 breast for the Gophers. With his time of 52.90, Anderson finished in 10th place to earn his first All-American honor of his career. The time also marked a new school record for Minnesota, beating out Ivan Gutesa’s record of 53.03 set in 2011. Arizona’s Kevin Cordes won the event with a time of 50.74.
“He was the first Gopher who swam under a 53 in the 100 breast,” head coach Kelly Kremer said about Anderson. “A guy from Minnesota at the University of Minnesota, it’s fitting that he’s the first under 53; that was a really nice swim, really happy with that.”
In 3-meter diving, senior Mikey Ross placed 11th with a score of 385.95 after competing in the consolation final Friday night. Ross’s finish earned him his second All-American honor of his career. Kristian Ipsen out of Stanford won on the board with a mark of 450.60.
“Mikey was good yesterday, then today comes back and found his way into the scoring column, so we’re really happy for him,” Kremer said. “It was a nice way to get ready for tomorrow and on to platform.”
“It was a really nice day for both of those guys and in terms of the team race they kept us in a position that hopefully we can finish higher than a year ago,” Kremer said about Anderson and Ross. “That’s our goal.”
Heading into the final day of the Championships, Michigan remains in first-place with 336 points followed by California in second (301.5), Arizona in third (234.5), USC in fourth (212) and Florida fifth (196.5).
Competition of the 2013 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships continues Saturday with preliminaries at 10 am and finals at 6 pm. The order of events are as followed: 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay, platform diving and the 1,650 free.
“We have a great senior class that’s here and a lot of guys with experience, so I know they can help lead us tomorrow,” Kremer stated. “We have a lot more opportunities tomorrow than we had today so we’re looking forward to tomorrow and trying to put a lot more points on the board. Hopefully come out of here with a higher team finish than we did a year ago. We feel pretty good about things right now.”
2013 Minnesota All-America Honors
Jared Anderson – 100 breast*
Hrvoje Capan – 200 free relay*
Ben Griggs – 200 free relay*
Jordan Lesser – 1-meter diving*
Mikey Ross – 3-meter diving*
Felix Samuels – 200 free relay*
Derek Toomey – 200 free relay*, 50 free
*All-America Honorable Mention
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